Hello all, I have come across an interesting situation, where a friend of mine could longer care for their fish and asked if I could take them. I said I could, as my 40 gallon was empty at the time of asking. I had originally planned to get two senegal bichirs for the tank, but instead it now contains one bichir and the African Knife and Clown Loach they wanted me to take. They're both a little over two years old, I think.
Now to the point, I was observing the knife and noticed his eyes were very opaque, almost milky. I don't exactly know how well my friend's tank was cared for, but I read around and determined that it could possibly be blindness, cataracts, some disease, or ammonia burns. Though with my little experience with fish ailments and diseases, I was wondering if some of the more experienced fish keepers here could help me out in settling what my new knife has, especially if it's a disease for obvious reasons. I wish I had noticed it before putting him in the tank, but what's done is done.
Despite the apparent milkiness of the knife's eyes, he doesn't seem to have trouble seeing. He was very cautious when I put him in the tank after acclimation, and didn't really bump into any plants or structures in the tank. I will be posting pictures as soon as I get home, as I know they will be essential in diagnosing him. Any thoughts and opinions will be greatly appreciated.